Monday, 8 February 2010

Abstract Paintings

In mid January I did a week workshop with Peter Griffen at the Summer Art Experience run by the Artists Society of Canberra.  It was a lot of fun freeing me up to learn to paint abstractly with acrylic paint - literally pouring it on paper at times, adding water, varnish and other things to create collage - a study in colour, shape and texture.  A lot of fun!  We were working on up to six at a time - often on the floor!  It is hard to know when a painting is finished as the layers increase and what way up it should be.  Some I cut up to create new paintings.  Here are eight in a slideshow from Flickr.  I'd be interested in any comments as I am not sure which ones I like best and whether they should be displayed vertically or sideways.


Anonymous said...

Great work Ruth! I like them all but favourites are 1,3,4 & 6. Ones where your design strength shows the most. Clever getting the slideshow up! Your blog is great. I can't remember my google acount so I'll have to be anon! Pathetic!

Jennifer said...

I enjoyed these a great deal - and did enjoy the ones that were cut up and put back together. I could definitely see a few of them being a bit better vertically - like the one with the lines eminating from the circles. It made me think of a sun and somehow I wanted to see height to it. I would have a hard time picking a favorite, but I did prefer number 4-6. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ruth-I like 4 and 7 the best. I agree with Jennifer that some of images could shown vertically. I look forward to seeing the tapestry developed from one of these paintings! Nina